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    Fig Feast

    A Green Peach Beetle feeding on a fig. There were easily more than 2 dozen of these buggers feasting on the same fig (for some reason, they all preferred the same fig). Maybe they should be renamed Green Fig Beetles? With all the pushing, shoving, and squirming, it took some patience to get any shot that wasn't motion blurred. Initially, I thought I could get a decent shot of several beetles crowded together (the heads, at least), but there was just too much motion. I finally settled on the bug at the bottom, since she seemed to be shoved around the least. C&C invited and most welcome.

    Fig Feast

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    Willie or Jiro is fine by me.

    Re: Fig Feast

    Awesome colors and details, AL. Any chance you can rotate the image 180 degrees CW?

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Awesome colors and details, AL. Any chance you can rotate the image 180 degrees CW?
    I considered this orientation before I posted, but decided I liked the original better. I don't know why, but this just doesn't look right to me.
    Fig Feast

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    Re: Fig Feast

    I can accept any of the two. The good thing about the shot was that you were able to preserve the reflective green color on the beetle.

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Cool bug shot Al, no matter if she's up or down. Just look at those hooks on her legs/appendages!

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    (This site is giving me nightmares..lol)
    Last edited by Dizzy; 16th August 2011 at 06:16 AM.

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Another nightmare for Mike. This shot gives a better impression of the competition between the beetles, and in a way, I like it better than the first image. Whaddya think?

    Fig Feast

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Congratulations, Snarkbyte. Your patience paid off and produced a spectacular shot. I much prefer the hanging-down version since it gives me a breathtaking sense of the beetle's precarious position. How would YOU like to hang upside down while having supper?

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Wow, cool shots Al, any which way suits me, they are terrific!

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Quote Originally Posted by waha View Post
    Congratulations, Snarkbyte. Your patience paid off and produced a spectacular shot. I much prefer the hanging-down version since it gives me a breathtaking sense of the beetle's precarious position. How would YOU like to hang upside down while having supper?
    Thanks, Wayne. And who says I don't hang upside down for supper?

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Thanks, Keith. I've definitely been bitten by the macro bug. I've ordered a focus rail which should arrive this week, so I hope to get some spider shots this weekend.

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    Nice colors! But oh my they're swarming on the fig. Great shot Al.

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    Re: Fig Feast

    I think, even on something complex like this, the brain knows which way is up from subtle gravity clues and direction of illumination.

    I prefer the first orientation, great shot Al, welll done.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Fig Feast

    Quote Originally Posted by jupiterlush View Post
    Nice colors! But oh my they're swarming on the fig. Great shot Al.
    Thanks, Al. I have a shot where I can count at least 19 of these beetles on this one fig. There were plenty of other figs on the tree, but the bugs only wanted this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snarkbyte View Post
    Thanks, Al. I have a shot where I can count at least 19 of these beetles on this one fig. There were plenty of other figs on the tree, but the bugs only wanted this one.
    You do? And 19? I'll faint.

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